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21 Nov 1996 description

KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuter) - Tropical Storm Marco's threat to Jamaica eased but emergency workers remained on high alert for torrential rains Thursday as the weather system meandered in the Caribbean south of the island.

At 4 p.m. EST Marco was about 140 miles south of Kingston, at latitude 15.9 north and longitude 76.5 west, and moving very

20 Nov 1996 description

MIAMI (Reuter) - Jamaica braced for a battering but Hurricane Marco weakened and was downgraded to a tropical storm as it crept near the Caribbean island.

The Jamaican government replaced its hurricane warning with a tropical storm warning and hurricane watches for Haiti and eastern Cuba were similarly downgraded Wednesday.

"It's looking a little ragged," Mike Hopkins, a meteorologist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, said.

Torrential rains of up to 15 inches were still expected to drive in alongside the storm, the center said in an advisory.